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R. H. Becker (Schooner), U56207, capsized, 8 May 1908

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      Life Savers Rescued the Crew Before the Vessel Turned Over--May Be Total Loss.
Sheboygan, Wis., May 8. -- The schooner R. H. BECKER waterlogged and capsized in the northeast gale off this port yesterday. The BECKER was sighted by the watchman at the life saving station and the crew rescued Captain Charles Gresoldt and his men before the ship turned over. The tug REIS got a line to the BECKER and towed her to the piers where she settled to the bottom. It is probable that the schooner and her cargo of wood will be a total loss. The wreck does not block the channel.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, May 8, 1908
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Maj. W. V. Judson, U. S. E ngineer at Milwaukee, has announced that the wreck of the schooner R. H. BECKER has been removed from between the piers and now lies to the north of the outer end of the north pier in about 20 feet of water.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, May 26, 1908

Scow R.H. BECKER. U. S. No. 56207. Of 149.82 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869
Schooner R.H. BECKER. U. S. No. 56207. Of 140 tons gross; 133 tons net. Built Dover Bay, Ohio, 1867. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 108.2 x 23.0 x 7.3 Crew of 4.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Freight: wood
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 43.75083 Longitude: -87.71453
William R. McNeil
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R. H. Becker (Schooner), U56207, capsized, 8 May 1908